THE CONGRESS Reveals 5 New Images and Poster from Ari Folman’s Adaptation Starring Robin Wright

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There’s every chance that writer-director Ari Folman’s adaptation of The Congress has flown under your radar, so these new images and official poster serve to remind you that it’s worth your attention.  Though it appears to stray far from Stanislaw Lem’s source novel, the premise is still mind-bending in just how engaging it is.  The plot centers on Robin Wright, playing a heightened version of herself, who decides to sell her very essence to a movie studio in the form of a digital persona.  The lucrative deal allows her to pay for her son’s medical treatment, but also opens the door to a strange world in which her digital self is far more famous than she could ever have hoped to be.  

Also starring Kodi Smit-McPheeJon HammDanny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti, Drafthouse Films will release The Congress on iTunes/On Demand July 15th; in select theaters August 29th; and in NY September 5th.  Take a look at the film’s trailer here, read up on Matt’s review of the film, and then hit the jump to take in the new images and poster.

THE CONGRESS Trailer; Ari Folman’s Hybrid Live-Action/Animation Film Stars Robin Wright

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The U.S. The Congress trailer has arrived for Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman’s long-awaited follow-up feature.  The film is a live-action/animation hybrid adaptation of the classic Stainslaw Lem short story “The Futurological Congress” and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee).  The work she finds has her scanned into an animated world where the company will own her image, but she’ll be forever young.  It’s an incredibly beguiling premise, and this trailer is absolutely mesmerizing. Reviews have been strong for the thought-provoking pic, with our own Matt Goldberg calling it “as fascinating as it is gorgeous” in his review, and I’m really looking forward to catching the full feature later this year.

Hit the jump to watch the The Congress U.S. trailer.  The film also stars Jon HammDanny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti and opens in theaters on August 29th.

AFF 2014: THE CONGRESS Review

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Ari Folman‘s The Congress is a trip in more ways than one.  It’s visuals are lush and its ideas are rich.  Like Folman’s previous film, Waltz with Bashir, the writer-director isn’t using animation only as visual expression, but also bolsters the themes by using the form in the first place.  The filmmaker carefully builds his movie like a house of cards by trying to use the acting profession as a spring board and then expanding it to an exploration of self-definition, dreams, hallucinations, and detachment from reality.  The film can be so head-spinning that it’s possible to get dizzy and lose focus, but when The Congress is on point, it’s as fascinating as it gorgeous.

AFI FEST 2013 Announces Full Program Including Ari Folman’s THE CONGRESS, Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES, and Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO

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The full program for AFI Fest 2013 has been announced.  The selection of 119 films from 43 countries include Ari Folman’s The Congress, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, and Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno.  Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 in a 48-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31.

AFI Fest 2013 runs November 7th through the 14th at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  Hit the jump for the full programming list.

Paul Giamatti Talks ALL IS BRIGHT, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, THE CONGRESS, ROMEO & JULIET, and DOWNTON ABBEY

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Directed by Phil Morrison (Junebug), the indie dramedy All is Bright follows ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti), who is released at the holidays and tries to get a legit business going, selling Christmas trees in New York with his old friend and partner-in-crime, Rene (Paul Rudd).  For Rene, it’s a chance to make some quick and easy cash, so that he can marry Dennis’ ex-wife, which is certainly a cause of tension between the two men.

During this recently exclusive phone interview with Collider, the always great actor and genuinely nice guy, Paul Giamatti, talked about why he got involved with All is Bright, what he enjoyed most about bringing this character to life, what his own relationship with the holidays is, how great it was to have someone like Paul Rudd to play off of, and what gets him excited about a project.  He also talked about his work on partially animated movie The Congress (due out in Spring 2014), playing an over-the-top villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, tackling Shakespeare for the most recent reimagining of Romeo & Juliet (from screenwriter Julian Fellowes), and how great it was to be a part of Downton Abbey for Season 4.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Fantastic Fest 2013 Announces Award Winners; Audience Award Goes to JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

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Fantastic Fest 2013 announced this year’s award winners.  Jodorowky’s Dune won the audience award as well as Best Documentary.  In the “Fantastic Features” category, Ari Folman‘s The Congress won Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress (Robin Wright).  Afflicted owned the horror category, winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.  Why Don’t You Play In Hell picked up Best Picture and Best Director in the comedy category.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

New Images, Clips, and Music Video for Ari Folman’s Life-Action/Animated Film THE CONGRESS Starring Robin Wright

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Even though reaction to the film was mixed at Cannes, I still can’t wait to see Ari Folman‘s The Congress. The movie is a fascinating blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress”, and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee). The work she finds has her scanned into an animated world where the company will own her image, but she’ll be forever young. The film now has an official website that’s brimming with the gorgeous animation and stills plus a music video and behind-the-scenes clips.

Hit the jump to check out the images and videos. The movie also stars Jon Hamm, Paul Gimatti, Danny Huston, and Harvey Keitel. Drafthouse Films will release The Congress in 2014.

Drafthouse Films and Film We Like Pick up Ari Folman’s THE CONGRESS for Distribution

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The Congress, the highly-anticipated follow up to Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir, premiered last month at the Cannes Film Festival, and now Drafthouse Films alongside Films We Like plans to bring it stateside.  The movie is a fascinating blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress”, and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee).  Wright plays herself, and then is scanned into an animated world where the studio now owns her, but she will be forever young.  Judging by the trailer, the movie looks like an absolute trip, and one I’m excited to take.  Sadly, we’ll have to wait until 2014 for the movie’s theatrical/VOD release.

Hit the jump for the press release and a new image from The Congress.  The film also stars Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti.

Trailer for THE CONGRESS from WALTZ WITH BASHIR Director Ari Folman and Starring Robin Wright

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The last time we heard anything about The Congress, Ari Folman‘s follow-up to his remarkable 2008 film, Waltz with Bashir, was back in 2011.  The movie is a blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress”, and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee).  We hoped to see the film in 2012, but now it will finally debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  The trailer has debuted online, and the movie looks beautiful and enchantingly strange.  Wright plays herself, and then is scanned into an animated world where the studio now owns her, but she will be forever young.  Even though there’s a bit of sci-fi in here, it’s not too far removed from reality where motion-capture has become a regular part of filmmaking.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti.  The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 26th.

Kodi Smit-McPhee Talks PARANORMAN, THE CONGRESS, ROMEO AND JULIET, and A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING

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LAIKA’s awesome 3D stop-motion feature, ParaNorman opens this Friday.  Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell, the film centers on a young boy who can see the dead and must use this gift to lift a curse that threatens his small town.  ParaNorman features the voices of Kodi-Smit McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Goodman, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, Jodelle Ferland and more.  For more on the film, here’s six clips, a very cool featurette called Time Lapse, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I spoke to Kodi-Smit McPhee.  We talked about making ParaNorman, his reaction to the finished film, how the script change along the way, what surprised him about the recording process, and upcoming projects like The Congress, Romeo and Juliet and A Birder’s Guide to Everything.  Hit the jump to watch.

Update on THE CONGRESS by WALTZ WITH BASHIR Director Ari Folman

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It’s been almost a year since we last updated Ari Folman’s (Waltz with Bashir) current project, The Congress, an ambitious blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress.” Unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to be another year before we see the finished product in all its glory. The plot follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (assumed to be Kodi-Smit McPhee). Unfortunately for her, the studio captures her likeness through a scan and can use the images however they choose to, which essentially makes her expendable and blacklisted from future jobs. Her decision, however, has far-reaching repercussions beyond her own life. Hit the jump for a sampling of the animation in The Congress as well as an update from Folman himself.

Kodi Smit-McPhee to Join THE CONGRESS

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Actor Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) has recently chosen his next project, a futuristic sci-fi film titled, The Congress. Adapted from Stanislaw Lem’s short story The Futurological Congress, the film will be directed by Ari Folman, whose last film was the Oscar-nominated Waltz with Bashir. Smit-McPhee joins a cast in the animated film that includes Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel and Paul Giamatti. Smit-McPhee revealed his involvement in an interview with We Got This Covered (via The Playlist):

“I’m also doing a film called The Congress which is just in the rehearsal process and I think next week we’ll be shooting. I don’t really know how to explain it, I think it’s sci-fi and futuristic.”

We previously brought you the first image from the film last year. For more on The Congress, hit the jump.

First Image from WALTZ WITH BASHIR Director’s Animated Follow-up, THE CONGRESS

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Ari Folman, director of the acclaimed animated foreign film Waltz With Bashir, has been hard at work on his fourth feature length film, The Congress, and we finally have a fruit of his labor. /Film grabbed the image, depicting an animated and aged Robin Wright. The film is loosely adapted from the Stanislaw Lem short story, The Futurological Congress.

The short story stars Lem’s frequent male character, Ijon Tichy, who ends up in a world where the Utopian society isn’t quite what it seems as psychoactive dugs are used as weapons and hallucinogenic drugs replace the cold reality. Notice the gender of the character in the film and the story differ. That is because Folman is adding his own take on things and has made the main character female.

For the full image, more plot details, and when the film will screen, hit the jump.

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